Reformed Residential Zones in Victoria

Earlier this year a review of the residential zones that were introduced into Victorian planning schemes in 2014 was completed and the reformed residential zones are now applicable.


The proposed changes are designed to provide consistent outcomes across Victoria, improving housing diversity whilst protecting open and garden space within more sensitive residential areas.



What are the changes to the residential zones?


Changes were made to the three main residential zones which apply across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. These changes include:


  • Increasing the mandatory maximum height for development in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone from 8 metres to 9 metres (2 storey maximum).
  • Increasing the discretionary height limit for development in the General Residential Zone from 9 metres to a mandatory height of 11 metres (3 storey maximum).
  • Introducing a mandatory garden area requirement in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and General Residential Zone to enhance the garden and open character of residential areas.
  • Removing the restriction on the number of dwellings that can be built on a property in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone.


Summary of the new Residential Zones

Summary of Reformed Residential Zones

More information on the Reformed Residential Zones can be found on the Planning In Victoria website.